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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #24 “The Deity of the Messiah” (A Study of Romans 9)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 9 each day this week.

What an incredible statement about the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, “who is God over all”! Here’s the Greek of that statement, for those who are into such things:

ὧν οἱ πατέρες, καὶ ἐξ ὧν ὁ χριστὸς τὸ κατὰ σάρκα, ὁ ὢν ἐπὶ πάντων, θεὸς εὐλογητὸς εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας· ἀμήν.

My literal translation would be: “of whom the fathers, and out of whom the according to the flesh Christ, who is over all things, God blessed for ever; amen.”

The New World Translation (the one used by Jehovah Witnesses) renders this verse: ”  To them the forefathers belong, and from them the Christ descended according to the flesh. God, who is over all, be praised forever. Amen.” Notice what their translation does: it adds the word “be.” In other words, they want the clear use of “God” to refer to Someone other than Christ, i.e., Jehovah!

A good article defending the translation of Christ as “God blessed for ever” can be found here. Aren’t you thankful for the full deity of the Lord Jesus?

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2021 in Romans 9

 

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Ruminating on ROMANS! (Some Thoughts on Paul’s Great Epistle) #24 “What If . . . ?” (A Study of Romans 9)

Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 9 each day this week.

What a fascinating section! We have two categories of people here: (1) “the objects of his wrath” and (2) “the objects of his mercy.” And we have two “What if” questions. As I understand this passage, God “bore with great patience” the objects of His wrath. For what purpose? To “show His wrath and make His power known.”

There seems to be a second reason for God’s response to those “objects of His wrath.” He did this “to make the riches of His glory known to the objects of His mercy”! What a contrast!

In that second category belongs every born-again believer in Christ, the ones “whom He also called.” And one’s ethnicity is irrelevant — note: “not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles.” We have been “prepared in advance for glory”!

What’s one takeaway from this text . . . for you?

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2021 in Romans 9

 

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